Nigeria fullback given all clear after injury fear

Johannesburg: Nigerian fullback Taye Taiwo was given the all clear to resume training on Sunday after being taken off injured during Saturday’s World Cup Group B defeat against Argentina in Johannesburg.

Nigerian team media officer Idah Peterside said on Sunday Taiwo had suffered a sharp pain after stubbing his foot while firing a long range shot just wide of the Argentine goal during the second half of the match at Ellis Park.

He was taken off in the 75th minute of the 1-0 defeat, prompting concern he had suffered a serious injury and could be out for the tournament.

“He’s fine and took part in a light run for the players who played in yesterday’s game,” Peterside told Reuters.

Taiwo, 25, regained his place at left back for Nigeria’s first match of the World Cup after being dropped during January’s African Nations Cup finals.

Nigeria next play Greece in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Bureau Report